Wary of the threat posed by Kuldeep Yadav, Australia captain Steve Smith, on Saturday, revealed that his side had carefully studied the Indian wrist-spinner, PTI reported.
Kuldeep took four wickets on his Test debut against Australia on a pace-friendly Dharamsala track earlier this year. He is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming One-day International series, which starts on Sunday in Chennai.
The visitors have roped in a bowler in Yadav’s mould, with Kerala spinner KK Jiyas bowling at their batsmen in the nets. Jiyas is a former Indian Premier League teammate of Australian batsman Travis Head.
“He [Jiyas] is a guy Sri (team consultant Sridharan Sriram) has organised to come down and bowl. They have got Kuldeep Yadav in their squad and he is likely to play. There is a chance to train against someone like that. There aren’t too many in the world,” Smith said ahead of the opening one-dayer.
“A few of the guys played against him in the IPL and he is a good young talent and can be difficult to pick at times. He is someone who you have to watch a little bit closely. Hopefully we can put him under pressure early in his spell and try and take him for as many as we can,” he added.
Important for top four to click
There is talk that the series could turn out to be a run feast, but Smith said he would wait to take a look at the pitches before assuming anything. “We saw that the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par. It’s difficult to say. Every ground is going to be different.
I think it’s about summing things up quickly at every ground. I couldn’t tell you if it is going to be a run fest. It depends on the pitches,” he said.
Smith, part of the big-four batting club, which also has India captain Virat Kohli, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and England’s Joe Root, has a lot riding on him.
As captain, Smith has 1,740 runs at an average of 51.18 with five hundreds and 10 fifties in 41 games. As for expectations, the 28-year-old said, “I think it’s important for someone in the top four to go on and make a big score. I think we have the guys to do that. It’s important in any country. We saw that the last time we came here in 2013 it was a run-fest where 350 was around par.”
Travis Head may bat at No 4
Australia is blessed with a number of all-rounders, but Smith said the line-up would depend on the conditions. “We have got a spinning all-rounder, we’ve got all-rounders that take pace off the ball and things like that. We have got a few different options but we will go in with what we think is best for the conditions.
“We’re not going to name our team today. We’re going to have a look again tomorrow [On Sunday] and see what we think is the best [XI]. There is a bit of weather around, might be a bit of rain around tomorrow as well. Gives us a chance to have a look at that and then we will be able to name our XI,” he said.. Smith also said Travis Head had been earmarked to bat at number four, insisting that the absence of Finch didn’t change things.
“Nothing really changes. I’ll tell you Travis will probably bat at four. I won’t give too much away other than that. There’s a good chance he’ll be filling the No 4 spot,” the Australia skipper said.
‘Not worried about personal accolades’
The World Cup winner also brushed off the competition between him and Kohli, “I’m not sure. I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we do. I’m not sure how many games Virat has played. He is a very good player.
I am not worried about personal accolades or anything like that. I am here to try and win a series. The Indian team has a very good top-seven and all guys are capable of scoring big runs. Our bowlers have to be on the top of their game to keep them quiet this series.
Australia’s title defence in 2019 also featured prominently in Smith’s plans, “We have about 30 ODI games before the World Cup. For us it is about trying to find the right group of players to fill all slots.”
“Conditions are obviously slightly different to what they will be in England. But I think it is a good opportunity to put their names up there and hopefully win some games for Australia.”
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Big discounts and top picks
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Check-out process and payment options
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Sales are fun and with The Great Indian Festival offering big deals on big brands, it definitely calls for at least window shopping. There’s so much more than the above categories, like minimum 50% off on American Tourister luggage! To start the treasure hunt, click here.
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